Ruling: The feds didn’t stiff water users in last drought

June 10, 2022
by Lois Henry
When the federal government built the Central Valley Project in the 1930s, it took San Joaquin River water from current users and move it south via the Friant-Kern Canal to users from Fresno to Arvin. In "exchange," it promised the original river users water from the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta. In 2014, it couldn't get water from the delta so it took it from the Friant users. They sued saying the government had breached its contract. On June 6, a judge ruled there was no breach.
Lois Henry

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The federal government did not breach its contract when it gave water users, including the City of Fresno, a zero water allocation in the extreme drought year of 2014, according to a ruling issued June 6 in Federal Claims Court.

It may not seem fair, Judge Armando Bonilla wrote in his ruling, and “To be clear, a zero allocation for the Friant contractors was harsh,” but the fact is the Friant division of the

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